Saturday, November 29, 2008

Tragedies in the US space program

An earlier study explained the astrological factors behind US space achievements. The study concluded that "in addition to MARS being highlighted, indicating courage and technical achievement, and SATURN, signifying death defying acts, the role of MERCURY as 3rd lord of transportation and communication comes out loud and clear." In this article we examine the factors behind major tragedies in manned US space flights.

The risks of manned space flight are always there. However, during difficult transit aspects as seen in the SAMVA USA chart (Perpetual Union), the danger may be greater. At the present time, the aspects point to increased risks, although this should not be taken as a prediction of imminent catastrophy. However, as the space shuttle Endeavor is reported to be landing tomorrow, it is of interest to examine the astrological factors in the SAMVA USA chart at the time of three major tragedies in the US manned space flight program and compare them to the astrological dynamics at the present time.

As earlier discussed, the achievements of the US space flight program resonate strongly with the character of the American people as seen through the SAMVA USA chart. Not surprisingly, it is found that the same planets highlighted during the significant achievements also show up prominently during the tragedies, along with all the major malefics.

1. Apollo 1 fire
The Apollo 1 command module (CM-012) was destroyed by fire during a test and training exercise on January 27, 1967 at Pad 34 (Launch Complex 34, Cape Canaveral, then known as Cape Kennedy) atop a Saturn IB rocket. The crew aboard were the astronauts selected for the first manned Apollo program mission: Command Pilot Virgil I. "Gus" Grissom, Senior Pilot Ed White and Pilot Roger B. Chaffee. All three died in the fire.

"After nearly ten seconds of frenetic movement noises Chaffee yelled, "We've got a bad fire! Let's get out! We're burning up! We're on fire! Get us out of here!" Some witnesses said they saw Ed White on the television monitors, reaching for the hatch release handle as flames in the cabin spread from left to right and licked the window. Only 17 seconds after the first indication by crew of any fire, the transmission ended abruptly at 6:31:21 with a scream of pain as the cabin ruptured after rapidly expanding gases from the fire overpressurized the CM to 29 psi."

Astrological dynamics
The dual malefic Saturn-Rahu period was operating.
- transit Rahu at 18° 13' Aries/H10 was closely conjunct natal Rahu at 17° 47' Aries.
The nodal conjunction is considered one of the most painful aspects to be experienced when stationary. While this aspect was not stationary, we must also take into account that the operating sub-period was that of Rahu. As the sub-period lord was natally afflicted by Rahu and Ketu, some traumatic event could be expected. Ketu is the lord of a sudden eruption of fire with violent heat. Rahu rules crisis. It is said that Astronaut Grissom had complained that he space capsule was a fire hazard and he told his wife it was a "lemon". Rahu rules crisis that erupt after manipulation, such as papering over design flaws by those responsible for the administration. Importantly, the conjunction took place in the 10th house, which rule the executive branch of government.
- transit 6th lord Jupiter 5° 01' Cancer/H1 was closely afflicting its own natal placement at 4° 25' Scorpio/H5. The 6th lord is the lord of accidents and mishaps.
- natal 6th lord Jupiter at 4° 25' Scorpio/H5 aspected transit 8th lord Saturn at 2° 45' Pisces/H9. This is a classic aspect of violent events in this Cancer rising chart.
- transit 4th lord Venus was in 8th house, which was also closely aspected by transit Ketu.

In short, 'all the bases were loaded' for a traumatic event for the nation on January 27, 1967.

2. The Space Shuttle Challenger disaster
The Space Shuttle Challenger disaster occurred on January 28, 1986 when Challenger, a Space Shuttle operated by NASA, consisting of the Challenger Orbiter, an External Tank (ET) containing liquid hydrogen fuel and liquid oxygen oxidizer, and two Solid Rocket Boosters (SRBs), broke apart 73 seconds into its flight leading to the deaths of its seven crew members. The spacecraft disintegrated over the Atlantic Ocean, off the coast of central Florida, United States at 11:39 a.m. EST (16:39 UTC). The crew of seven were probably killed by impact of their crew compartment with the ocean surface, although they might have suffered lethal injuries from the forces of the disintegration.

Astrological dynamics
The Mercury-Jupiter period was operating.
- transit 8th lord Saturn at 14° 02' Scorpio/H5 was closely afflicting four transiting planets including the major period lord, Mercury, which also rules transportation and high technology activities.
* natal 3rd lord Mercury at 12° 05' Capricorn/H7
* transit Mercury at 12° 28' Capricorn/H7
* transit 2nd lord Sun at 14° 48' Capricorn/H7
* transit 4th lord Venus at 16° 57' Capricorn/H7
* transit 1st lord Moon at 17° 22 Leo/H2
The comprehensive affliction involving the lord of death is highly significant.
- transit 6th lord Jupiter, the sub-period lord, had just entered the 8th house and was at 0° 50' Aquarius, from where it received the aspect of transit 10th lord Mars at 3° 37' Scorpio/H5. Importantly, transit Mars was thus also exactly conjunct natal Jupiter at 4° 25' Scorpio/H5. As Mars rules the astronauts of the US space program, this contact is highly important to explain the tragic loss of life in this manned space flight event.

In sum, the chart explains this tragedy very well.

3. Space Shuttle Columbia disaster
The Space Shuttle Columbia disaster occurred on February 1, 2003, when the Space Shuttle Columbia disintegrated over Texas during re-entry into the Earth's atmosphere, with the loss of all seven crew members, shortly before it was scheduled to conclude its 28th mission, STS-107. The shuttle was scheduled to land at 9:16 a.m. EST. At 8:59:32 am – a broken response from the mission commander was recorded: "Roger, uh, bu - [cut off in mid-word] ..." It was the last communication from the crew and the last telemetry signal received in Mission Control.

Astrological dynamics
The Venus-Mars period was operating. Mars rules astronauts, who embody heroic qualities in life.
- transit Ketu at 12° 32' Scorpio/H5 was closely conjunct natal 10th lord Mars at 10° 07' Scorpio. A sudden tragic event took the life of the brave astronauts.
- transit Rahu at 12° 32' Taurus/H11 was closely aspecting natal 3rd lord Mercury at 12° 05' Capricorn/H7. A crisis involving transportation, high tech activities and communcation erupted.
- transit 8th lord Saturn at 28° 38 Taurus/H11 was closely opposite natal Saturn at 26° 46' Scorpio/H5. This aspect signals the risk of setbacks for death-defying activities.
- transit 6th lord Jupiter at 19° 18' Cancer/H1 was aspecting the 1st house of self, 5th house of creative activities, 7th house of short journeys and 9th house of luck. Importantly, Jupiter, Mars and Saturn are natally placed in the 5th house and Mercury and Sun are natally placed in the 7th house. Transit Jupiter also exactly afflicted transit 2nd lord Sun at 18° 23' in Capricorn/H7 and 1st lord Moon at 19° 58' Capricorn/H7.

The transit and period influences could not be any more telling about the danger of such an outcome.

Space shuttle Endeavour to land Sunday, November 30
STS-126 is the current space shuttle mission to the International Space Station (ISS) which is being flown by Space Shuttle Endeavour. The purpose of the ISS mission, named ULF2, is to deliver equipment and supplies to the station, to service the Solar Alpha Rotary Joints (SARJ), and repair the problem in the starboard SARJ that has limited its use since STS-120. STS-126 launched on November 14, 2008 at 7:55:39 p.m. EST from Launch Pad 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center with no delays or issues. Endeavour successfully docked with the station on flight day three.

What do the transits suggest concerning the scheduled landing of the space shuttle Endeavour at Kennedy Space Center, Fla., Sunday at 1:19 p.m. ?

Astrological dymanics
At that time of landing, the Venus-Jupiter period is operating.
- transit 8th lord Saturn in the SAMVA USA chart will be closely afflicted by natal Saturn and also still afflicted by transit Jupiter.
The manned flight in the US space program is linked to 8th lord Saturn in the chart. This is because it is linked to the death-defying nature of the effort even if the missions have by and large been successful. This planet has been very much involved in transit at important times in this program, both successful and catastrophic.
-the close affliction of transit 3rd lord Mercury and 10th lord Mars in Scorpio/H5 by transit Ketu in Cancer/H1
-the conjunction of transit 4th lord Venus with transit 6th lord Jupiter in Sagittarius/H6, indating events that disturb the communal harmony.

In short, the transit and period suggest there are risks to the mission, since the major indicators, Mercury, Mars and Saturn, are all afflicted at the present time. However, afflictions indicating risk have also been present in the major achievements. Hence, we can offer our hopes and prayers for the brave people involved who perform tasks at risk to their wellbeing that ultimately expand the existential possibilities of humanity in outer space.

US Space Achievements
Apollo 1 fire
Space Shuttle Columbia disaster
STS-126 mission of Space Shuttle Endeavour
Astrological analysis of the Apollo 13 mission

Thursday, November 20, 2008

More accurate stock market predictions

Over this year numerous predictions made some time ago about the evolution of share prices in the USA have come true. The predictions were all made on the basis of the SAMVA USA chart (Perpetual Union). Check out the predictions for November 2008:

Monday, December 31, 2007
The year ahead for the USA
"The time in late November will be especially difficult as transit Saturn will then also be
under the aspect of natal Saturn in the chart, heightening the potential for violence and destruction of assets."

Saturday, February 2, 2008
More financial market volatility in 2008
"November: transit Jupiter in Sagittarius H6 aspects transit Saturn at 26° Leo H2. This aspect is expected to bring fresh volatility in financial markets, also in view of the next aspect which begins at this time.
November 2008 until February 2009: transit Saturn in Leo H2 under aspect of natal Saturn in Scorpio H5. This aspect threatens a serious setback to easy gains and other indications of Saturn.[1]"

News headlines
Stocks sink as oil dips under $50
November 20, 2008 -- Updated 2105 GMT
(CNN) -- Global stock markets were down across the board and oil sank below $50 a barrel Thursday as concerns over the ailing U.S. auto industry, a 16-year high in U.S. unemployment and the Dow Jones' lowest closing price since 2003 weighed on investors' minds.
Fear stalks the world’s economies
November 20 2008 21:16
Fears of a severe recession gripped financial markets on Thursday as dire US unemployment figures helped drive long-term interest rates to record lows.
[1] Setback to other indications of Saturn
* Economy: increasing fears of a severe recession
* Working people: unemployment rises to new highs
* Resources mined from the ground: the price of oil has collapsed

Saturday, November 15, 2008

The US-led global financial crisis

After simmering and building for a number of years, a dramatic financial crisis erupted in the USA in the Autumn of 2008. This development was predicted based on the SAMVA USA chart (Perpetual Union) as further documented on the SAMVA discussion list on Yahoo and on this blog. A configuration is seen in the US chart which is consistent with manipulation in commercial dealings involving debt having implications for others. Indeed, an economic and financial crisis has also been predicted for other countries based on their authentic charts. The financial crisis that developed in the USA has become global in reach.

The cause of the present economic crisis
The cause of the global financial market crisis was a major US housing boom which came to an eventual end with financial institutions incurring significant losses on mortgages and mortgage related assets. The global credit boom was characterised by a broad underpricing of risk, excessive leverage of financial institutions and increasing reliance on complex and opaque financial instruments which proved to be fragile under stress. Essentially, there was a failure to regulate and supervise the quality of new mortgages being issued in the USA. Various originators and distributors of mortgage debt used creative approaches to fool large institutional investors by obscuring the significant risks involved while over-emphasising the high returns. The lending proved to be loss making or entailing high risk of loss. A significant part of US mortgages issued in recent years was “toxic” and was sold around the world with ramifications for banking behaviour everywhere. Hardly any bank is willing to lend to another bank anymore, especially when it involves the exchange of securities, which has been a pillar of inter-bank lending. An important questions that begs an answer is what explains such wholesale manipulation in financial activities?

On the nature of financial busts
More importantly, the unwinding of the boom and associated losses have led to a deleveraging of risk and an associated credit squeeze for households and businesses. The contraction in the volume of credit is the principal cause of the global economic slowdown. The reason for the shift in the volume of credit, from growth to contraction, is linked to credit booms being unsustainable. In the credit boom, asset values rise, increaing the equity of firms and households. In turn, with expanding wealth firms and households increase their borrowing and leverage increases in the financial system. At a given point, the volume of debt turns out to be excessive and unsustainable due to overinvestment and declining profits. At this point, asset prices, notably housing prices, begin to retreat. This puts financial insitutions under great strain and a process of deleveraging takes place as they become risk averse and credit growth turns negative. At the present juncture, the magnitude of the problems has resulted in bankruptcies of major banks around the world and credit supply drying up. In mid September, when the US investment bank Lehman Brothers collapsed, the inter-bank market seized up. Governments have subsequently stepped in and recapitalised banks with public funds, effectively nationalising them.

Wither capitalism?
The financial crisis and global economic slowdown has led to increased reaction of policy authorities to supplement the evaporation of private credit lines with public funds. There has also been global policy coordination to meet the liquidity needs of increasingly globalised financial markets. The question now is if the actions will be sufficient to deal with the crisis. At a G-20 meeting in the USA this weekend, the leaders of major powers disucss the problems at a more fundamental level [1]. For US President Bush, the crisis is one of limited failures of an otherwise good system. He states that there is nothing fundamentally wrong with the free-market system and that what is needed are changes to the regulatory and oversight systems. Other leaders, like Nicholas Sarkozy of France and Paul Rudd of Australia, think more fundamental changes to markets are warranted including increased government intervention in the market place. This debate will likely intensify at the grass-roots level in coming months and year as the slump deepens and becomes more difficult for ordinary citizens.

The use of astrology in making predictions
Astrology can help when based on authentic birth charts of countries, effective methods of interpretation and prediction and the proper assessment of the astrologer. Accurate predictions on the basis of the authentic charts of the USA and UK in this regard have been documented. That said, the extent of the dramatic events of the financial crisis has come as a surprise to most observers. The change in conditions has been so significant as to draw comparisons with major such crises of the past.

A comparison of depressions
The Great Depression of the 1930s was a classic tale of hubris and fall, when the Roaring Twenties came to a crashing end in late October 1929. The RAHU major period was operating in the SAMVA USA chart from April 19, 1919 to April 19, 1937. Rahu can bring spectacular material gain when strongly influencing in a chart. However, usually the gains are obtained through some form of manipulation which then turns out to be not durable. Such gains tend to be taken away, leaving those involved disillusioned. In the chart, Rahu is natally conjunct the most effective point of the 10th house, from where it afflicts also the 2nd house of wealth, the 4th house of fixed assets, the 6th house of debts and financial stability. Following the relatively auspicious sub-period of Mercury, the adverse sub-period of Ketu began on October 19, 1929, at a time when the transit nodes were afflicting their natal placements and houses. At that time, a sudden calamity erupted on the US stock market, ushering in years of painful adjustment in the economy.

By comparison, the VENUS major period from April 19, 1996 to April 19, 2016, involves Venus as 4th lord located in the 6th house of the chart. As 4th lord Venus rules housing and as it is located in the 6th house, housing becomes enmeshed in debt. Moreover, as Ketu natally afflicts the most effective point of the 4th house and Rahu afflicts the 6th house, a crisis can develope surrounding housing debt, which burdens financial stability. This is consistent with the history of the present financial crisis. It had its roots in bad mortgage debts, which were massively issued and sold around the world during the Rahu sub-period from 2003 to 2006. In the sub-period of 6th lord Jupiter, many difficult transits have made financial market volatility pronounced, especially in 2008. As predicted, a crisis erupted in the Fall. The developments have almost been predicted on a day-by-day basis during the more intense transit afflictions, including the events in September.

Saturn sub-period ahead
The Jupiter sub-period ends on February 17, 2009 and the Saturn sub-period will begin. From late January to mid February 2009, as the Jupiter period is coming to an end, transit Jupiter will become conjunct with transit stationary Rahu at 15° Capricorn in the 7th house of the SAMVA USA chart. As Jupiter is debilitated in Capricorn, there may be more setbacks to financial stability in the USA at that time. From the outset, the Saturn period will be focused on reforms involving working people and basic production. The recovery from the Jupiter sub-period will be slow in coming, despite the policies and efforts of the Obama administration. This is because the major period of Venus is running, and it is placed in the 6th house. Moreover, as 8th lord Saturn rules obstacles and endings. As such, that sub-period, which last just over three years, will not be all that easy. Nevertheless, the reforms to the economy may be far-reaching and as such change the ground rules of the economic system in the USA.
[1] News report on gathering of G-20 leaders in Washington

Saturday, November 8, 2008

A bad year for Venus

As discussed at the end of 2007 in the prediction The year ahead for the USA, the indications of Venus as 4th lord of the SAMVA USA chart, including vehicles, airlines, women, housing, communal harmony and natural resources, have been facing controversy, conflict and concerns in 2008. This is due to Venus being placed in the 6th house of conflict, financial stability and disturbances, the Venus-Jupiter period operating and transit Jupiter becoming conjunct natal Venus in the 6th house three times during the year.

Transit Jupiter first became conjunct natal Venus in mid March, for the second time in early July and the third and final time in early November 2008. Of course, other difficult aspects have had a large say in the developments, as explained in earlier articles. However, in this article, the focus is on this particular aspect given the operation of the Venus-Jupiter period from June 2006 to February 2009, when the energies of these planets come to the fore in national affairs.

Controversy and setbacks for female politicians
During these times, controversy has swirled around two high profile women political candidates, Hillary Clinton and Sarah Palin; both of whom were denied by the voters. By itself, this is a setback for the cause of women's equality in the political sphere.

A bad year for airlines and automakers
The airline and auto industries, both ruled by 4th lord Venus have been struggling during the year. The year began with the exorbitant price of oil threatening the profits of the airlines, which have been seeking mergers to reduce their costs. Auto financing has become a big problem, with auto giant GM no longer able to offer car loans to individual customers. Recently, the CEO of GM has been seeking financial assistance from the government, warning about the serious consequences of the bankruptcy of GM for the economy. The logic is "what is bad for GM, is bad for the country."

A slump in the housing market
The housing market entered a deep slump in 2008, following growing problems in 2007. The prices of home have fallen sharply. The inventory of unsold homes has increased sharply and housing starts have dropped. Many American's have needed to move out of their homes and the situation become disturbing for the communal harmony.

Setbacks for financial stability
The year 2008 has become one of the most challenging years for financial stability in the Post-War era, with many banks and credit institutions going bankrupt or being taken over by the government. The economy has begun to move into recession with unemployment on the rise. While these damaging developments are related to other aspects taking place this year, the associated financial instability and weakening economy have undermined the collective harmony as American's have increasingly become concerned about the future.

Environmental sustainability a growing concern
The opposition candidate Barack Obama advocated reforming environmental policies by introducing taxes on the emission of carbons to bring the US more into line with the international community on the issue of environmental sustainability. The ruling Republican Party, the traditional advocate of big business, interpreted this platform as potentially bankrupting the US energy industry, notably the coal industry in Pennsylvania. There was also a stark difference of views on the domestic (especially off-shore) drilling for oil and natural gas. This development is related to the natural resources, a 4th house matter.

Weakening economy undermines the ruling party
This dramatic state of affairs is now suggested to have affected the outcome of the Presidential election, with the candidate of the incumbent Republican Party loosing on account of the adverse economic conditions. The victory of the opposition Democratic Party candidate is seen as a mandate for significant change in US policies in all areas going forward.

In short, the SAMVA USA chart (Perpetual Union), which was discovered only in late 2006, has proven to be an effective basis for numerous accurate predictions involving the nature and timing of events during the years 2007 and 2008. This outcome increases confidence that it is the true birth chart for the USA.

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Death of a President

In the history of the USA, there have been over 20 documented assassination attempts on a U.S. President. This feature of national life has become a prominent part of popular culture, e.g. in books and cinema. These tragic events are explained by certain placements in the birth chart for the country, the SAMVA USA chart (Perpetual Union). In this article six of the assassination attempts are examined astrologically in order to present the salient influences.

The transit and period influences in the chart during November 2008 are then reviewed in view of a prediction made in an article The year ahead for the USA on December 30, 2007.

The natal potential in the chart
In the SAMVA USA chart there are four main afflictions of note in this regard. The first one of note is the affliction of natal SATURN, as 8th lord of death, on natal 2nd lord SUN, which is the indicator of the leader of the country, the President. The Sun is natally very strong at 23° 44' Capricorn and 7th house. As the orb of affliction from Saturn at 26° 46 Scorpio and 5th house is over 3°, the affliction by itself is not enough to result in the death of the Office holder or to threaten the Office of the President as such. It is the affliction of natal KETU at 17° 47' Libra and 4th house to the most effective point of the 8th house at 20° 00' Aquarius - the house of death - which is important in this respect. While the orb of affliction is just over 2°, the old age of Saturn makes it vulnerable to an affliction of its house. The natal affliction of RAHU at 17° 47' Aries and 10th house to the MEP of the 2nd house is there, but here the strength of natal SUN protects. RAHU also afflicts the sixth house of conflict. The fourth factor involves the bad placement of VENUS as 4th lord of communal harmony in the 6th house of conflict. More so as KETU also afflicts the 4th house of communal harmony, making Americans vulnerable to surges of discontent, such as was the case in early 2007 when the protest against the US involvement in the War in Iraq reached fever pitch. This happened while transit Ketu at 24° Leo was afflicting natal 4th VENUS at 24° Sagittarius in the 6th house. In general, this placement makes Americans vulnerable to upsets with regard to conflict, also seen during Vietnam War. Transit afflictions to the natal or transit SUN while there are other mutual afflictions ongoing, with also something disturbing the badly placed Venus, add up to make the Office holder vulnerable to sudden acts of violence.

1. Abraham Lincoln shot (Died)

14 April 1865 10:13 pm LMT Ford's Theater Washington, DC 38n53'47" 77w01'32" 3:21 GMT Source: A. Lincoln: His Last 24 Hours. W. Emerson Reck, Univ. of SC Press, McFarland & Co., Inc., 1987. p.96 This time is based on the testimony of the actor Courtland Hess at the trial of John H Surratt.

Astrological dynamics:
Mercury-Jupiter period is running. Transit JUPITER at 7° 02' Sagittarius/H6 was in mutual afflicting aspect with transit KETU at 8° 03' Aries/H10 and afflicted by transit 8th lord SATURN at 5° 10' Libra/H4. Transit 2nd lord SUN at 3° 11' Aries/H10 afflicted by transit 8th lord SATURN, transit 6th lord JUPITER and transit KETU. Transit 10th lord MARS at 15° 56' Gemini/H12 under close affliction by natal KETU at 17° 47' Libra/H4. Transit 4th lord VENUS at 3° 41' Taurus/H11 under close afflicting aspect from natal 6th lord JUPITER at 4° 25' Scorpio/H5.

These are MASSIVE TRANSIT AFFLICTIONS of the transit SUN. The event takes place during a malefic period and involves and affliction of the transit SUN by both 8th lord and sub-period lord! This is a convincing fit for the SAMVA USA chart (Perpetual Union). It should be kept in mind that Lincoln's assassination came at the very end of the American Civil War, within a week of the surrender by the rebel Confederate Army. The assassin John Wilkes Booth, a well-known actor and a Confederate spy from Maryland, was intent on avenging this fate on President Lincoln, the powerful leader in the war to preserve the Union of the American states.

2. James Garfield shot (Died)

2 July 1881 9:22 am LMT Baltimore & Potomac depot 600 Constitution Ave. Washington, DC 38n53'31" 77w01'11" 14:30 GMT Source: New York Times, 3 July 1881, p.1.

"The article says he arrived at the station about 9:20 and talked in his carriage for a short time before walking into the depot reception area where he was shot. The location of the old depot is now where the west building of the National Gallery of Art stands."

Astrological dynamics:
Venus-Moon period is running. Transit RAHU at 25° 45' Scorpio/H5 conjunct natal 8th lord SATURN at 26° 46' Scorpio/H5. Transit 8th lord SATURN at 17° 53' Aries/H10 conjunct natal Rahu at 17° 47' Aries/H10. Transit 6th lord JUPITER at 26° 09' Aries/H10 afflicts transit 1st lord MOON at 23° 50' Leo/H2 and natal 4th lord Venus at 23° 51' Sagittarius/H6. Transit 2nd lord SUN at 18° 51' Gemini/H12 afflicted by natal KETU at 17° 47' Libra/H4 and transit 8th lord SATURN at 17° 53' Aries/H10. Transit 10th lord MARS at 15° 45' Aries/H10 conjunct natal RAHU at 17° 47' Aries/H10.

These are MASSIVE TRANSIT AFFLICTIONS during a malefic period involving both the sub-period lord and directed at the transit Sun. This is another very convincing fit for the SAMVA USA chart (Perpetual Union)

3. William McKinley shot (Died)

6 Sept 1901 4:07 pm EST Buffalo, NY 42n56' 78w52'20" 21:07 GMT Source: NY Times, 7 Sept 1901, p.1.

"These articles give details but no time better than shortly after 4 o'clock. In the Sept 8 edition on page 2 Surgeon General Wyman is quoted as indicating a time "as late as 4:10 pm." The exact time of 4:07 pm comes from Margaret Leech's In the Days of McKinley on page 595 as part of her detailed description of the days events. There is no footnote, however. The time may be from "The Official Report on the Case of President McKinley" found here:

The reception in the Temple of Music at the Pan-American Exposition began at 4 o'clock and was to continue for only 10 minutes. The assassin was a self-proclaimed anarchist named Leon Czolgosz. There was considerable fear on the part of some of his associates about the President exposing himself to the public and extra precautions were taken. McKinley dismissed these fears saying that he had no enemies. McKinley died on Sept 14 in the private home of the President of the Exposition, John G Milburn. Coords are for the Exposition site between Delaware and Elmwood Avenues north of Delaware Park. "

Astrological dynamics:
Sun-Venus period is running. Transit KETU at 23° 16' Aries/H10 aspects natal 4th lord VENUS at 23° 51' Sagittarius/H6 and transit 2nd lord SUN at 21° 00' Leo/H2. Natal Rahu at 17° 47' Aries/H10 afflicts also transit SUN as well as transit 8th lord SATURN at 17° 20' Sagittarius/H6. Transit Venus debilitated at 24° Virgo/H3. Transit 6th lord JUPITER at 10° 48' Sagittarius afflicts transit 1st lord MOON at 7° 28' Gemini/H12. Natal 8th lord SATURN at 26° 46' Scorpio/H5 afflicts transit 3rd lord MERCURY at 29° 52' Leo/H2.

Here again are MASSIVE TRANSIT AFFLICTIONS during a benefic period involving afflictions to both the sub-period lord and transit Sun. There is also a transit affliction involving the natal nodes from malefic houses. This is another convincing fit for the SAMVA USA chart (Perpetual Union).

4. Theodore Roosevelt shot (Survived)
14 Oct 1912 ~7:55 pm CST Hotel Gilpatrick (Hyatt Regency Hotel) 333 W Kilbourn Ave. Milwaukee, WI N 43° 02' 28" W 87° 54' 54"
Source: NY Times, 15 Oct 1912, for "shortly before 8 o'clock to-night."

"The bullet was nearly stopped by his spectacle case and a folded manuscript, which allowed him to deliver a scheduled Presidential campaign speech that evening before going to the hospital for treatment. The bullet was never removed but seemed to cause him no trouble after the wound healed. Various accounts can be found on the web with more details."

Astrological dynamics:
Mars-Rahu period is running. Transit Rahu at 19° 44' Pisces/H9 afflicts the most effective points of house 9, 1, 3 and 5 as well as transit 6th lord JUPITER at 20° 13' Scorpio/H5. Transit 8th lord SATURN at 10° 44' Taurus/H11 afflicts natal 10th lord MARS at 10° 05' Scorpio/H5. Transit 1st lord MOON was conjunct natal 8th lord SATURN at 26° 46' Scorpio/H5. Transit KETU at 19° 44' Virgo/H3 afflicts both the 7th house and natal 2nd lord SUN at 23° 44' Capricorn/H7. The affliction to the SUN has a wide 4° orb and transit SUN or its house, the 2nd house, was not afflicted.

Here again are difficult TRANSIT AFFLICTIONS during a malefic period involving afflictions to both the sub-period lord and natal Sun. An assassination attempt is made, resulting in an injury but not death of the Office holder. This is another convincing fit for the SAMVA USA chart (Perpetual Union)

5. John F Kennedy (Died)

22 Nov 1963 12:30 pm CST 411 Elm St Dallas, TX 32n46'45" 96w48'30" 18:30 GMT. Source: NY Times, 24 Nov 1963, p.2.

"Oswald was a pro-Castro Marxist and former US Marine who had moved to the USSR and married a Russian wife. He had been under FBI surveillance since his return to the US. The coords are for the Texas School Book Depository building where Oswald worked and from which the fatal shots were fired. Texas Governor John Connolly was also seriously wounded but survived."

Astrological dynamics:
Saturn-Sun period is running. Transit 8th lord SATURN at 23° 57' Capricorn/H7 conjunct natal 2nd lord SUN at 23° 44' Capricorn/H7. Transit RAHU at 18° 34' Gemini/H12 in mutal affliction with natal KETU at 17° 47' Libra/H4 and afflicts 8th house MEP. Transit KETU in mutual affliction with natal RAHU and afflicts 2nd house MEP. Transit 2nd lord SUN at 6° 22' Scorpio conjunct natal 6th lord JUPITER at 4° 25' Scorpio/H5. Transit 4th lord VENUS at 28° Scorpio/H5 conjunct natal 8th lord SATURN at 26° 46' Scorpio/H5. Transit 6th lord JUPITER at 16° 27' Pisces/H9 exactly afflicts 3rd lord MERCURY at 16° 20' Scorpio/H5.

These MASSIVE TRANSIT AFFLICTIONS and OPERATING PERIOD reflect 100% the great trauma this event caused for the collective experience.

6. Ronald Reagan shot (Survived)

30 March 1981 2:30 pm EST Hilton Hotel 1919 Connecticut Ave NW Washington, DC 38n54'57" 77w02'46" 19:30 GMT Source: Facts on File, 3 April 1981, p.209. "The .22 caliber revolver used by John Hinckley did not do the damage to his victims that a more powerful weapon would have. All recovered, though the most seriously wounded, James Brady, who was struck in the forehead, suffered brain damage and some permanent disability. Hinckley was later confined to a mental hospital. (The shooter's name is sometimes spelled "Hinkley".) "

Astrological dynamics:
Mercury-Mars period is running. Transit 6th lord JUPITER at 11° 18' Virgo/H3 is conjunct 8th lord SATURN at 12° 33' Virgo/H3. This affliction was there for several months in early 1981, adding a tone of severity to the atmosphere. These planets were also receiving an afflicting aspect from non-stationary transit KETU at 15° 20' Capricorn/H7. Transit SATURN afflicts natal 10th lord MARS at 10°05' Scorpio/H5. Transit Jupiter afflicts natal 3rd lord MERCURY at 12° 07' Capricorn/H7, which is also conjunct transit KETU. Transit RAHU at 15° 20' aspects transit VENUS, SUN and MARS at 14° 28', 16° 28', 17° 00' Pisces/H9, respectively.

These are also MASSIVE TRANSIT AFFLICTIONS and OPERATING PERIOD reflect the trauma of this event, when several people close to the President were seriously injured, as well as the President himself. After Reagan quipped to his medical doctors about to operate on him that he hoped they were not Democrats, the head doctor replied "Today, Sir, we are all Republicans!" Even if serious, the saving grace is likely that the nodes were not stationary afflicting the transit SUN and that natal SUN and its house were not afflicted.

Difficult transits in November 2008
As has become clear, the US President is in continual danger and vast resources are devoted to protect his life. Two known assassination attempts have already been made on the life of sitting President Bush. Fortunately, they did not succeed. With the possible election of an African American to the Office for the first time, there are reasons to be concerned for his safety in view of reported threats by "white power", "neo-nazi" and other such groups.

The transits in November suggest that special care should be taken, during the Venus-Jupiter period. On November 3, transit Ketu becomes conjunct the most effective point of the 1st house, aspecting also houses 5, 7 and 9. Meanwhile Rahu on the MEP of the 7th house aspects also houses 11, 1 and 3. This suggests considerable tension at this time. At the same time, around election day, the transit debilitated 2nd lord SUN becomes conjunct natal KETU in the 4th house. Something unexpected may take place. Also around that time, transit 4th lord VENUS becomes conjunct natal 8th lord SATURN just as the voting results come in. These transits suggest a sudden disruption to the collective harmony. The dissatisfaction peaks on the 7th, as earlier mentioned, but continues to be strongly felt for more than one week. It is likely, no matter who wins, that some groups of citizens will be upset. Given the transit affliction involving SATURN, it may be more the working people.

During the middle of November the transit afflictions become quite bad. Around the 12th of November, the affliction of transit 6th lord JUPITER to natal VENUS and the nodal affliction to the most effective point of the houses will still be acutely felt (within 1° orb). Moreover, transit 3rd lord MERCURY will be conjunct natal KETU, transit 10th lord MARS conjunct natal JUPITER while transit debilitated 2nd lord SUN will come under the aspect of transit 8th lord SATURN in Leo. A few days later, the violence inducing aspect of transit 6th lord JUPITER to transit 8th lord SATURN comes within 1° orb and begins to be acutely felt. As that were not enough, a day later, transit 8th lord SATURN comes under the aspect of natal SATURN. On November 16th, transit 3nd lord MERCURY comes under the affliction of transit SATURN.

To sum up the transits in November, the key afflictions involve transit 8th lord SATURN from mid November. These afflictions are difficult and they will be compounded by short term afflictions during the middle of the month. The key afflictions continue for the remainder of the month. All of this suggests there will be a strong sense of discontent following the election followed by possible violent events during the second half of the month.

The deadly assassination attacks on US Presidents may be linked to afflictions of natal or transit SUN as a primary cause, with serious afflictions involving functional malefics in the chart, especially when involving malefic houses. The involvement of FB planets in afflictions can increase the shock of the event.

In a prediction on December 30, 2007 for the year ahead in the USA, it was predicted that there would be upset following the election and that two very serious aspects later in the month could result in violence. It is not certain it will be directed against the sitting President or President-elect, but it is something to be concerned about.

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